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    September 13, 2012
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metro's track circuits and automatic train control system or atc. following the crash, the national transportation safety board made developing a real- time monitoring system an urgent recommendation. now metro has one. >> there is a problem in the atc system as to whether the trains are located, it alerts us right away. >> reporter: this animation shows what happened in the 2009 crash. notice as the front train enters the faulty track circuit and the computer system fails to detect it and accelerated the next train as if there is no other train on the track, causing the collision. having a realtime monitoring system in place now could prevent another deadly accident. >> it really watches the system to see that a train that is moving along suddenly doesn't disappear from the system. >> reporter: prior to this, no such real-time monitoring system existed, not at metro or
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anywhere in the country. >> that technology makes you feel like those kinds of accidents won't occur in the future. >> i feel that i'm 100% sure that its going to work like its supposed to, i'm a little bit skeptical. >> reporter: the system is a major step toward returning the rail system toward automatic control. they have been operating in manual mode since the crash which required slower speed and jerky rides. >> it sounds absolute. >> reporter: they won't say when they will return to automatic mode. >> it is headed in that direction. >> reporter: they are now cleared a major hurdle. metro first developed a prototype for the realtime monitoring system in october of 2009, shortly after the crash. the system that is now up and running was tested for a year
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and a half to make sure that is works. >> sherry, any idea why it took so long to test this and what could it mean to other transit agencies. >> this is a system that didn't exist. metro started from scratch to develop this and test it and now that it has the real-time monitoring in place it is the forefront for systems across the country and could well be implemented in other cities. >> sherry ly monitoring metro tonight. thank you. >> there is word out of libya tonight that four men are in custody and being questioned about the deadly attack on the u.s. embassy in benghazi. also today hillary clinton attempted to distance the u.s.r u.s. government from a film that sparked the protest, calling the film disgusting and reprehensible. paul wagner is live in the newsroom with the story. >> reporter: reuters is quoting
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that the deputy interior minister is saying the four men are suspected of instigating the event. secretary clinton made her comments as violent protests continued in cairo and spread to yemen where demonstrators stormed a wall, broke windows and set fire to a building. >> hundreds of protestors converged in yemen, throwing rocks at the compound. demonstrators already pushed back by yemen forces. at state department secretary of state hillary clinton condemned the movie that mocks the prophet mohammed and the violence that followed. >> it appears to have a deeply cynical purpose to den grate a great religion and to provoke rage. >> reporter: at a campaign
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event today, president obama said the militants involved in the consulate attack that killed ambassador stevens would be brought to justice. >> i want people around the world to hear me, to all of those what would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpinnished, it will not dim the light of the values that we proudly present to the rest of the world, no act of violence shakes the resolve of the united states of america. >> reporter: of the four americans killed in the attack in benghazi, three have been identified. family members say glenn doughtery, a former navy seal was working for a private security company was killed trying to protect the ambassador and other u.s. personnel. he was 42 years old. experts on libya think the attack came at the hands of an anti-american group intent on driving westerners out of the country. >> it looks like this was a pre-
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planned attack that was opportunistic from a jihad outfit that is anti-american and they took advantage of a demonstration outside of the consulate that was protesting the movie that slandered the prophet mohammed. >> reporter: officials in cairo said the demonstrations there have injured more than 200 people. and authorities in yemen said today four protestors were killed and 11 others injured, 24 security forces were also injured in the clashes at the embassy. shawn. >> paul wagner with the update. thank you. >> we're learning more about the u.s. ambassador who died in tuesday's attack on the consulate. the doctor who treated him said chris stevens died of asphyxiation of smoke inhalation and there were no bruises or injuries on his body. he was killed while trying to save members of the staff during at tack. tonight those who knew him are speaking out. >> i understand that the reason
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he was killed is that he went back in to go save his people, his employees. >> three other americans were also killed in that attack. >> we move plow to the race to -- we move now to the race to the white house. a rally in fairfax for mitt romney. that is where he said he was canceling a planned moment of silence for the u.s. diplomats killed in libya. this after a heckler interrupted his remarks. tom fitzgerald was there. so fitz, what happened? >> reporter: well, will, this occurred at the beginning of his remarks to a group of supporters at a park in the city of fairfax. now the republican nominee arrived shortly after noon and greeted by hundreds of enthusiastic support hes. romney said he had intended to begin the rally with a moment of silence for chris stevens and the three others who died in libya but that is not what happened. as he began to talk about those deaths, a heckler in the crowd began shouting over romney,
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accusing the nominee of politicizing the libya killings and demand that he, romney, apologize. >> we've lost four of our diplomats across the world where we are thinking about their families and those that they've left behind. what a tragedy to lose such a wonderful. [ overlapping speakers ] >> wonderful people who have been so wonderful and we appreciate their service for the country. >> reporter: now the crowd quickly began to chant usa and the man was eventually removed from the event. after the brief interruption, the governor told the crowd, quote, i would offer a moment of silence, but one gentleman doesn't want to be silent so we are going to keep moving on: both romney and obama campaigns have made it clear that virginia is a key battleground state in this state in november. michelle obama is campaigning
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now in fredericksberg and vice president candidate ryan will be in the state tomorrow. >> today the president spoke at a grassroots event. he said it is the education in america that makes dreams come true. >> let's face it. a mixed kid from hawaii, born to a single mom, is not likely to become president of the united states. [ cheering and applause ] >> but in america it can happen because of education. because somebody gave me an opportunity. >> colorado is a major swing state but seems to be swinging closer to the president. the first poll of colorado voters since the democratic convention shows president obama with a 5 point lead. >> pennsylvania supreme court continued to hear arguments over the voter i.d. law. at issue, whether it should take affect by the time of nember elections. and protestors hit the streets to rally against the new
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legislation. it requires pennsylvania residents to show a valid photo i.d. before voting. the judge will decide before september. >> there was an effort to try to bring down unemployment numbers. ben bernanke announced they will keep the rates super low through 2014 and spend $20 million a month to buy mort securities. they are also prepared to try other measures if hiring doesn't improve. investors on wall street liked the news. the dow climbed to 13,540. that is the highest level since december of 2007 when the recession began. >> to chicago and the latest developments in the teacher strike. the president of the teachers union said a deal is close but signing off on a final proposal could take some time which will likely put teachers back on the picket lines tomorrow and students back in the class on monday at the earliest.
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this is chicago's first teacher strike in 20 years. >> 25,000 kids with an unsuspected school vacation. >> we are learning more about a suspect at a school shooting in maryland. does he have remorse? details ahead. >> and remembering an american hero. comes to the district to pay final respects to neal armstrong. >> and a new mural is urn veiled at a -- is unveiled at a popular landmark. lindsey. >> it's week two and the redskins are back on the road. why players say getting these wins are important for the rest of the season. and once again they are in a dome, too bad because it is beautiful outside. >> this is the best weather we've had all year. we have another gorgeous thursday. are we going to make it a complete sweep as we look toward friday and the week? we'll have your forecast with a little rain in the seven day and we'll talk about that and give you a first look at it when fox 5 news at 5:00 continues.
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this president can tell us it was someone else's fault. but this president cannot tell us that you're better off today than when he took office. [ female announcer ] here in virginia, we're not better off under president obama. his defense cuts threaten over one hundred thirty thousand jobs,
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lowering home values, putting families at risk. the romney plan? tax cuts for middle class families. create over three hundred forty thousand new jobs for virginia. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approved this message. >> a baltimore county judge postponed a bail hearing for a teen-ager charged with shooting a fellow student on the first day of class. the attorney for the teen requested the delay, saying the teen has been on suicide watch while being treated at a psychiatric hospital. the attorney said prior to the shooting, the teen said it would be the last day of his life. >> acting out in a terrible
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fashion in the hopes that somebody other than him would pull the trigger on him and he would per. i think he expected to be killed and desired to be killed. as sad as that is, i think that is the reality of the case. >> the judge granted the delay pending a mental health assessment. he is accused of opening fire in the cafeteria at perry hall high school. one of the bullets hit a boy in the back, and he is expected to be okay. >> a somber tribute is to be held for the prince george's county martell ron. police are still looking for his killer. >> a former prince george's county police officer caught in a wide-ranging corruption investigation was sentenced today. chong kim will spend five years and one day behind bars. he was convicted of conspiracy to commit extortion and a scheme that involved the
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transport and distribution of untaxed cigarettes. kim and others were caught in an undercover sting operation. >> a lot of people living in the capitol heights neighborhood are calling it a welcome site. we are talking about demolition crews and they began tearing down the chapel wood apartments. it has been vacant for years. neighbors say it was attracting crime creating other public safety issues and ruining the look of their community. >> it is an eye sore for the last six years, just driving by. and the trees have overgrown and the weeds have come up. >> neighbors say they look forward to having new development come into the area to brighten up their community. demolition of the apartment complex is part of county executive rushern baker's initiative to transform communities with high crime rates and limited economic development. >> if you have driven through the district you may notice the public art popping up. d.c. is home to more than 40
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murals and today a new mural was unveiled outside of one of the district's most well-known gatherk spots. matt acland was there. >> reporter: everyone knows ben's chili bowl and most will recognize the new faces outside. from cosby to the president, and the godfather of go-go chuck brown and donnie simpson who uncovered his own picture. >> i look hot. >> it is such an honor to be up there with such incredibly successful people. >> reporter: murals are being paint add cross the district, turning plain old ugly walls or those covered with graffiti into fascinating works of hard. >> i'm just really happy that it is made and it is a gift to the city. >> reporter: artist carla carlita was decided to show us her mereal on calvert street. two years she spent in the sweltering heat and freezing
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cold as she carefully painted d.c. monuments and 11 presidents. >> it helps you forget about the bad things that are happening and the problems. when you see something beautiful you just smile. >> reporter: and it kaz c down on the graffiti problem. once one of the murals go up, vandals don't touch it. the mural program is so popular, there are bicycle tours to see all of them. and the latest stop now will be at ben's chili bowl. [ cheering and applause ] >> reporter: in the district, matt acland, fox 5 news. >> what a great way to honor living legends and legends who have passed on. >> i agree. and done simpson, he sure did like his. i say we get one for sue palka. or gary mcgrady, because with weather like this you deserve it. >> what happens when we get our
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first snowfall. >> we spray right -- we spray right over it. >> it scared me when i saw myself in the car. so that is neither here nor there. we'll talk about the gorgeous weather again today. how about the return of weather this week. it is fantastic. a gorgeous evening expected too. check out the temperatures. i think the high came in around 81 degrees today. that is pretty much what we expected. and that is actually average for this time in september. so it is so good to have average back in our lives, isn't it? there are spots in the 70s out there. there will be a couple of tweaks to the forecast during the day tomorrow and you'll probably be able to see them as i show you these current temperatures. we are at 80 but check out st. louis at 86 degrees. and then there is a big dropoff in temperatures with amarillo coming in at 60. and you can see wichita at 50. chicago at 60 degrees. this is a front heading in our direction and at this time tomorrow it should be in the mountains. so as that gets closer to us, we pay see the clouds increase a little bit.
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still looks like friday will feature a good amount of sunshine in the morning and then an increase in clouds in the afternoon. what about rain with it? let me tell you. it is a buster in dallas and houston. rain being pulled out of the gulf of mexico but along the front it is a thin line of moisture. but we are watching the gulf coast and the moisture in the deep south because it could visit us next week. so next week looks different than this week. that is a little preview of what i'm going to have on the seven-day in a few minutes. meanwhile as we get in closer to the district, it is clear skies. a few high thin clouds out over ohio and west virginia, portions of kentucky, some of those high thin clouds may be around tomorrow but still a sparkler of a day to get started with an increase in clouds tomorrow afternoon. what about this evening? how about 76 degrees with full sunshine at 7:00. by 9:00 we are down to about 72 with some 60s in the suburbs under clear skies. and overnight maybe a patch or two of fog but by 11:00 down to 69. so it doesn't look like tonight
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will be as chilly as the other nights but still pretty delightful all things considered. so we are focusing on the weekend and i'll give you a look at the seven-day forecast with the full forecast coming up in a few minutes. >> there is a happy weather dance going on in the studio right now. lindsey murphy, you'll have to show us after the break. >> i would like a command performance. >> you might get one. thanks, sue. we'll see you soon. >> coming up, they are some is of the newest additions at the zoo. aren't these guys cute. they came face-to-face with olympic athletes who gave them their name. >> and redskins want to start the season on a role. we'll speak too some of the plays -- players as the team tries to go 2-0. hey scott. kinda late in the year to be feedin' your lawn, isn't it?
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maybe with the happy weather dance. >> no. that is for after the show. just you and i can see that. this is the fifth straight year the redskins are meeting and the third straight in st. louis and despite the fact that the rams have struggled, this is another road test for the redskins who might be without pierre garcon. he is uncertain to pray on sunday -- play on sunday. and with an upset last sunday, they could have a possibility of going 2-0 for the second consecutive year. last year they won the opening two games against the giants and cardinals and finished with only five wins. so piling up wins on the road is a big deal. >> any time you hit the road, i mean, that is big. if you win all of your road games, then you have a shot at making a playoff run. i think it is important to get a lot of confidence out of it. >> whether it is at home or on the road, it doesn't really
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matter. you just want to win every game that you go into. obviously it is another challenge and we're going to be in a hostile environment, it is their home opener so their crowd will be loud and excited. so we just have to go in, have a great week of preparation, continue to have a good practice today, then go out and hopefully it will carry out for us on sunday. >> so the second straight week on the road and the second week they are playing in a dome. coming up at 6:00, a look at a new rams team and why they cannot take them lightly. >> if i said happy redskins? >> it is only for you. >> she's not shy. thanks, lindsey. the legacy of two u.s. olympians will live on at the national zoo. con rita litter met with the cubs as well as just in martin.
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>> i'm so excited to see the cheetahs. i thought we would play with them like babies but i don't think we can play with them like i thought. because they can't mate and go out to the wild so they have to keep us away from them but it is amazing to see the animals and how playful they are and they are cute. >> they are cute. i'm amazed to see the olympic athletes. jetter won a silver in the women's 100-meter sprint and gatlin won the 100-meter sprint. >> they are cute and then they grow up to be big animals. >> they are so cute. but the cheetahs are the fastest cats out there. >> that's why they are there. >> coming up here tonight, remembering neil armstrong. hundreds gathered to pay respects to the first astronaut to walk on the moon. and they are gearing up for a big celebration at harpers ferry. we'll show you how the 150th anniversary of this civil war
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battle is being remembered. >> and protests continue in the middle east over a anti-muslim film. police in the u.s. are paying close attention to the man who made it. and we are outside of his home in the next segment. stay with us. [ romney ] this president can ask us to be patient.
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this president can tell us it was someone else's fault. but this president cannot tell us that you're better off today than when he took office. [ female announcer ] here in virginia, we're not better off under president obama. his defense cuts threaten over one hundred thirty thousand jobs, lowering home values, putting families at risk. the romney plan? tax cuts for middle class families. north american energy independence. create over three hundred forty thousand new jobs for virginia. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approved this message. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney i've got two tickets to paradise!l set? pack your bags, we'll leave tonight. uhh, it's next month, actually... eddie continues singing: to tickets to... paradiiiiiise! no four. remember?
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whoooa whooaa whooo! you know ronny, folks who save hundreds of dollars by switching to geico sure are happy. and how happy are they jimmy? happier than eddie money running a travel agency. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. [ yelling ] >> a controversial anti-muslim film made in america is causing an uproar across the muslim world. in iran students gathered outside of the swiss embassy denouncing israel and the u.s. outrage has sparked violence across a number of countries. protestors have attacked american missions in yemen, egypt and libya. tonight we know more about the man behind the film. his name is nakoula basseley nakoula and he lives in
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california. we are live outside of his house in cerritos, california. >> reporter: good afternoon. it is such a strange story, a bizarre story to think that the fact that the chaos overseas has a connection to this city in cerritos and this quiet neighborhood. a man by the name of nakoulnako them he had something to do with this film, the innocence of muslims. however he made it clear he was not the director of the film. he said the director of the film is an man named sam bacilli, he said he was just in charge of the logistics. what is interesting is the a.p. spoke to someone over the phone by the name of sam bacilli and that was traced to this home we are standing in front of and the name of nakoula basseley nakoula. when we got here last night, there were several reporters out here from the print press and sheriff's deputies out here as well. a reporter i spoke to said he had arrived here and this man
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nakoula basseley nakoula was standing outside of his driveway. he acknowledged that that was in fact him, but this time he denied having anything to do with the film. the conversation was very, very brief because that's when sheriff's deputies arrived and once they were here on scene, they went inside and interviewed the family for about a couple of hours. then they got into their cars and just left without saying anything to us. and we were left here stranding outside, knocked on the door, no one would come to the door. now sheriff deputies are telling us they have nothing to do with this film and we are wasting our time. but i can tell you this, the film has very strong connections to what we're witnessing outside of this home, the front door and the chandelier hanging from the front door, there are scenes in this movie that are actually perfect match-ups to what we are seeing outside in front of the home. so there is a link in some way. the man said he was part of the film, now denying it and now he's refusing to come outside and talk to us.
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shawn. >> very interesting developments. thanks for joining us tonight. >> about 2000 people gathered at the washington national cathedral to remember the first astronaut to walk on the moon. neal armstrong died last month at the age of 82. fox 5's -- fox 5's john henrehan attended the memorial service. >> reporter: in 1969 when neil armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon, mohammed sad eck was a young man in p bangladesh. he watched it on television and he felt proud for all of humanity. >> i am very proud and happy to see the first person ever on the moon. i feel so proud to see that. >> reporter: mohammed and his wife came from bangladesh to join 2,000 other people at the memorial service for neil armstrong. among the others who showed, former rocket systems engineer roger meyers who brought an
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autographed poster of buzz ald ren standing on the earth's surface, neal armstrong reflected in the visor took the picture. the navy's sea chanters sang an anthem from the services hymn nall. he was 38 when he made history on the moon. long-time friend john snow spoke at the services. >> he was always in his heart of hearts that little boy who whittled wooden model airplanes on that small farm in central ohio, who built his own wind tunnel by the age of 12. >> hugine certainon reminded those at the memorial how he explained putting apollo 11 down on the moon with only 15 seconds of fuel left. >> he put a thumb on an index finger and tilt his head and put his hand down there and he
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would say, well, when the gage says empty, we all know there is a gallon or two left in the tank. >> reporter: jazz artist diana crawl rformed a singularly appropriate song. ♪ fly me to the moon and let me play among the stars. >> reporter: neal armstrong, the first human to leave footprints on the moon, remembered at national cathedral in washington. john henrehan, fox 5 news. >> what a wonderful tribute. >> coming up tonight, the big apple says goodbye to sugary drinks. we'll have the details. and you may want to back away from the laptop. ready for this one. a new study said facebook could make you fat. [ romney ] this president can ask us to be patient. this president can tell us it was someone else's fault. but this president cannot tell us
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that you're better off today than when he took office. [ female announcer ] he in virginia, we're not better off under president obama. his defense cuts threaten over one hundred thirty thousand jobs, lowering home values, putting families at risk. the romney plan? tax cuts for middle class families. north american energy independence. create over three hundred forty thousand new jobs for virginia. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approved this message.
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[ romney ] i'm mitt romney mitt romney's position onpprove women's health...it's dangerous. vo:mitt romney and paul ryan would get rid oflanned parenthood funding. and allow employers to deny coverage for cancer screenings and birth control. we can't afford to let him take away our choices... to take away basic health care. vo: both backed proposals to outlaw abortions...even in cases of rape and incest. i don't think that women's health issues have faced a crisis like this in decades.
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the makers of so-called pink slime are now suing abc news for $1.2 billion in a defamation lawsuit. the company claims the network mislead consumers that their beef is unhealthy. diane sawyer has been named and the microbiologist who coined the term pink slime. the network said they will contest it vigorously. >> it is official, new york is the first city in the nation to ban super-sized sugary drinks at restaurants. measure passed to put 16-ounce size limits on cups and bottles of nondiet solde and other calorie-packed beverages. it applies to fast food joints, movie theaters and other places selling prepared food but it does not cover supermarkets or convenience stores. the soft drink industry is now considering its own lawsuit.
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>> a new study suggests facebook could make you fat. a survey of students of their social networking and physical activity. most students spend an hour a day on social network sites and experts say that is time they could have been exercising. >> facebook isn't making you fat. >> you can't walk through an office now without seeing it everywhere. >> what? >> imagine that. >> election day right around the corner. like i have to tell you. and the folks at "saturday night live" have elected a new cast member to play president obama. we're going to tell you all about that. >> plus after the storm, pepco is back on the hot seat months after a deadly drenching left thousands of people in the dark. >> and sue palka, say this is not true. >> not true. >> but i think there might be a chance for rain and she'll tell us about that as we continue. heavy load in america. but mitt romney plan, a middle class to $2,000 more a year in taxes. mui-millionaires like himself hits the middle class harder... bigger break. forward for america?
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i'm[ romney ] this presidentve can ask us to be patient. this president can tell us it was someone else's fault. but this president cannot tell us that you're better off today than when he took office. [ female announcer ] here in virginia, we're not better off under president obama. his defense cuts threaten over one hundred thirty thousand jobs, lowering home values, putting families at risk. the romney plan? tax cuts for middle class families. north american energy independence. create over three hundred forty thousand new jobs
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for virginia. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approved this message. >> pepco is back on the hot seat taking questions about performance during the storm in june. the maryland public service commission is holding two days of hearings asking all of the utilities to explain why millions of customers suffered for as long as eight days without power. karen gray houston is live in baltimore at the first of the two-day hearing. >> reporter: the public service commission spent much of today grilling bg and e. they may not get to pepco this evening. they will eventually release the final report on how all of the regions utilities performed during the violent storm. they have already held eight evening hearings and heard from an irate public. >> i'm figuring out how to get
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this right. the state public service commissioners want to know what worked and what didn't during the storm which took down trees and power lines in 11 states and the district of columbia plus left nearly 4 million customers with no electricity. >> we found ourselves being asked a lot of questions about staffing that i think we need to answer -- work at answering in a more data driven way. >> reporter: they quizzed the utilities on whether they were prepared with adequate staffing. they noted dominion power restored more customers sooner, 300,000 customers within ten hours, 600,000 by the first day. pepco's executive vice president for power delivery had this response when we asked. >> our performance was comparable to the other utilities around us. we reached out, brought in mutual assistance, used our own resources immediately as an all-
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hands event for us. >> reporter: the commissioners are questioning them about inaccurate estimates about when the lights would go back on and whether it is reasonable to expect electricity to be restored within 24 hours after a event. >> that is a point of view shared widely across the state. maybe not 24 hours exactly, but in response to what you just said, a lot of people in the evening hearing rooms would be getting their pitch forks and starting to head to your office in response to that. >> and they wanted to know what the solution to major outages is, trimming trees better or burying cables underground? >> in july we sent a letter to the public service commission of maryland and said our own initiative that we were undertaking a study around undergrounding different parts of our system. >> reporter: while the pepco v.p. said he is glad the discussion is moving forward and that
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everybody is talking about changing the way the system is designed, however both pepco and bg&e are pointing out that burying cables underground is a very expensive proposition. it is not the only answer and it will not happen overnight. we're live in baltimore, karen gray houston, fox 5 news. >> karen, quickly. this is just for the utility companies, it is not open for the public to come in and voice their opinions, right? >> reporter: the public service commission has been out in the territories of the utilities talking to the public. they did that in august. they are hearing now only from the utilities. and all of the ones from the immediate region. we expect -- we will hear from pepco tonight or first thing in the morning. >> karen gray houston, reporting live from baltimore. thank you, karen. the weather has been so nice. i hate to say it, but i guess at some point we have to talk about the possibility of rain. >> oh, it is great to see the
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kids out at soccer practice there. we have a minor blip tomorrow with a -- maybe a sprinkle or spotty shower. certainly an increase in clouds but the weekend looks good. >> that's awesome. >> next week it might be unsetted and maybe feature significant rain for some parts of the country. will the mid-atlantic be part of that? a couple of computer models think they will. so we'll get into the specifics in just a minute. i'm going to ask richard our producer what field is that? do we know where we are looking and i'll put you on the spot? we know it is somewhere in the immediate metro -- oh, fort reno. matt, our floor director, thank you. a good day to be out there. tomorrow also a very good day. just want you to know nothing that will be dramatic tomorrow. it is a front that is approaching. you'll probably notice an increase in cloud cover later in the day and maybe a few spots get a shower or a sprinkle here and there late friday. and then we are back to the
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good stuff. it looks like for the weekend we'll have temperatures dropping a little bit. hode's high 81. and that is average. and dulles 82 and bwi marshall 81 degrees. humidity is in check. dew points have come up, but only into the 50s as opposed to the tropical 70s we had just last week. so this feels really great. now look at d.c. at 80. pittsburgh still 82. you get to detroit and it is 83. and if you are watching in high definition, big dropoff in chicago where the temperature is only 61 degrees. so a good 20-degree drop behind the front. although i don't think it will of dramatic temperature drop when it gets to us. but we'll drop back into the 70s for the weekend. so for those of you who feel like you have been ripped off all week working and it is glorious, it will remain over the weekend. a lot of clouds out to the west. you can see the showers. this is a fairly skinny band but it goes all the way down to the gulf coast where we are finding significant downpours starting to organize across texas. they have been so dry they are
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grateful for the rain. but this may sit and spin down here for a while and may even get caught up in a frontal boundary and visit us next week in the storm of an area of low pressure. that would be with chances of showers monday, tuesday and wednesday of next week. for tonight it is clear skies. the clouds will not get in here. notice it is not as chilly as it has been other nights. we are seeing upper 50s and 60s as opposed to the 40s. mainly clear, the district about 63 degrees. and for friday, it is a sunny day for the most part. the clouds come in in the afternoon and any time after 6:00 or 7:00 we might see a sprinkle or a spotty shower. most people won't see it. our temperature tomorrow about 83 degrees. so let's check out your fox 5 accu-weather seven-day forecast, because it is a brief interruption with the clouds and maybe a sprinkle that gets us into the weekend and temperatures only in the 70s, upper 70s but still a good amount of sunshine with the puffy fair weather clouds. but we'll have to watch and see
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what happens on monday, tuesday and wednesday. i'll put showers in the forecast and it could be more substantial rain but we're not sure where it will be. does it get to the south atlantic or the mid-atlantic? we'll have to watch. that part of the forecast could change. >> thank you, sue. >> we need the rain. >> we are less than two months away from the presidential election and the protests in the middle east have become a hot-button issue in the race. wisdom martin has this week's campaign you. >> weare in the classroom of professor lenny steinhorn. the professor is talking about what is happening on the campaign trail and how that affects what will happen in the race for the white house. so in this case, i think really what is at stake right now is our questions about whether president obama dropped the ball on international security or whether he will step up and become that leader rejecting the violence that is going on there, working with our allies and ensuring the american
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people feel safer after this incident, even as sad as it is. so i think leadership is going to be a -- going to be a big issue coming out of the foreign policy problem. but the second issue is mitt romney and his response. already he was criticized for inexperience and not mentioning afghanistan at his convention speech and then he comes out and criticizes the president for sympathizing with those attacking over embassies before anydy attacked our embassies. >> the president has had a fairly strong foreign policy, especially with the killing of osama bin laden. so always i said before -- so as i said before, the leaders distancing themselves from the republican candidate is not good because you want them to be on your side. >> an ambassador was killed and once that happened it clear it was political. and so i think that it is a bad move and it is a pretty bad message >> i think it is a poor play on the romney camp. i don't think it will reach americans in a way that will
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make them remember their message. >> reporter: that is a rap from campaign u. we are here every thursday and streaming -- streaming live at myfoxdc.com. >> "saturday night live" elected a new person to play president obama. lauren michaels told the new york times, jay feral will take over the role. he joined the cast in 2010 and known for his impressions of denzel washington and will smith among others. >> brian bolter standing by with what is coming up next on the news edge at 6:00. >> new on the news edge, a hospital hacked and how thieves stole thousands of dollars from a local hospital gift shop. >> and then how the apple iphone may help you kiss your wallet goodbye. >> and a northern virginia
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it played a vital role in the invasion of the north. now the battle of harpers ferry is being remembered on the 150th anniversary of the battle. holly morris has more. >> reporter: it is hard to believe that 150 years ago this same beautiful serene setting was the site of a major battle that would have been underway as i speak right now. it was a significant battle, the battle of harpers ferry and that is why harpers ferry is having a four-day commemorative event to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this particular battle. they have a lot going on. so that people don't forget the history and learn about the significance. jeff driscoll is a park ranger and joins me. and put it in perspective for me. how significant was it that happened 150 years ago today.
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>> tremendously. the garrison could not be in the rear. he couldn't leave these guys behind him so he had to reduce or capture and so they changed the entire campaign and led to the battle of ant eat um and back into virginia and the emancipation proclamation. >> reporter: for the people that know everything about the civil war, you have experienced speaks. and then for the young people you have wonderful ways. tell me about some of the things people can find themselves involved in this weekend. >> this is a small samples of the activities but here you can see kids learning how to do civil war drill and camp life. here you have a map of harpers ferry so they can get on the map and move the soldiers around as they did in september of 1862 or play with them as they will. but i think the hands-on is crucial. >> it makes it commemorative. so come out and spend a day out
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here or days. and the appalachian trail also runs through here and it is celebrating its 75th birthday. you might want to allow time to hike as well. in virginia, holly morris, fox 5 news. >> and the weather should be nice. >> a little rain tomorrow but we'll get through it. >> thanks for joining us tonight at 5:00. >> the news edge at 6:00 coming your way right now. the news edge begins in battleground virginia where presidential candidate mitt romney spoke to a group of voters in fairfax. had a few setbacks. romney canceled a moment of silence for the slain ambassador after he was heckled dooring the campaign rally. tom fitzgerald was there. >> reporter: well, brian, this occurred at the start of governor romney's remarks to supporters in the city of fairfax. he has been fighting with critics over the last tw